Gap options for the 2020–21 academic year

Options for students who are not yet able to return to a residential environment

Some students may not be able to—or will prefer not to—return to a residential environment because of health concerns, travel issues, or family obligations, but still want to stay engaged with the College and pursue their Gettysburg education.

We want students to have as many options as possible, and will work with students to more fully understand their individual circumstances. Students who choose not to return to campus will have the opportunity to take some classes remotely or participate in a gap program.

Upperclass students interested in officially declaring a gap semester or year with Gettysburg College should contact Academic Advising at 717-337-6579 to begin the process. First-year students interested in a gap semester or year should contact Admissions at 717-337-6100 to discuss their options.

Study away

Gettysburg College offers study away programs both in Washington, D.C. and globally, with coursework in a wide variety of disciplines. For returning students considering or re-considering global study for the fall, a number of our partner programs are still accepting applications for fall 2020. The programs have varying eligibility requirements and application deadlines. Students will earn 4 course units and can take courses towards major, minor, and College curricular requirements. Students pay the Gettysburg comprehensive fee and receive an airfare allowance (except for Washington, D.C.). Financial Aid can be applied to these programs.

Students interested in study away options should contact the Center for Global Education to discuss these opportunities. All returning students and first-year international students can participate in these programs. Deadlines vary from mid-July to early August, and some programs are filling quickly.

Year of service

At Gettysburg College, we want to prepare you to engage the complex questions of our time through effective leadership and socially responsible citizenship. That is why we view a gap year of service as the perfect alternative to beginning or continuing your academic coursework during the pandemic.

The staff at our Center for Public Service (CPS) want to support you in your year of deferment if you choose a gap year of service. CPS staff will hold virtual, regular gatherings for all Gettysburg Gap Year Students (GGYS) for check-ins and to help connect what you are learning to your Gettysburg experience. In addition, when you start your Gettysburg College career after successful completion of your year of service and staying connected to us, CPS will provide a grant of $500 towards the cost of an Immersion Project to all GGYS, to be applied anytime in your Gettysburg career.

There are many great gap year service programs to consider, and we encourage you to explore options to find a good fit for your interests. The following programs are a starting point as you begin to consider possibilities.

AmeriCorps national service programs

All AmeriCorps programs pay members a bi-weekly living stipend, provide an end of service award (up to $6,195 for full-time service) to apply towards tuition or other education costs, and offer robust training to develop leadership skills. The following programs are under the AmeriCorps umbrella and may have a location near your home, or may offer housing away from your home:

Other programs

Those interested in a gap year of service should contact the Center for Public Service by July 30 to enroll in periodic virtual gatherings. Deadlines and requirements vary for gap year service options with AmeriCorps and other organizations.